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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Broad-banded Beauty
Crocomela colorata  WALKER, 1865
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE

subfamily - ARCTIINAE

Tribe - PERICOPINI

Crocomela colorata splendida, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are currently estimated to be 31 species in the genus Crocomela, most of which feature an orange band or patch on the forewings, and a metallic blue basal area. The majority of species in this genus are restricted to the Andes, with the highest diversity of species being found in Ecuador. Crocomela colorata is the most widespread species, being found from Colombia to Peru.
The subspecies depicted is Crocomela colorata splendida - a fitting name for such a pretty moth.
Some workers, e.g. Beccaloni, regard splendida ( BRYK, 1953 ) as a separate species, rather than as a subspecies of colorata.
Habitats
This species appears to be restricted to the eastern slopes of the Andes, at altitudes between about 700-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The adults are strongly attracted to the flowers of Eupatorium.

 

 

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